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that is another accomplishment. they're coming here for a purpose. the one to be part of that culture. so i know that there is a lot of companies that have already established here in san francisco, and if you are thinking about whether you should locate here, let me offer you this other enticement. you know, there is a great culture being here. there is talent. but there's also entrepreneurial and innovative in system -- ecosystems that we are creating here in san francisco. that is a great attraction to locate here in san francisco. you want to be part of the culture. foremost on my agenda as well. no company ever wants to be located in san francisco simply to be a san francisco company. they want to be here because there is a global and a bit of ever going on here, that when you launch a company here, you're going to be a budget access to global market that we want to develop here.
that is why it is so enticing to be the mayor of san francisco at this time, because i want to create a global economy for all of our energy efficiency, our solar companies, our clean debt companies, all their investors. we're working as 18. we suggest to you to locate here because it will be part of a global economy because we wanted continue establishing here. on behalf of the city and county of san francisco, not only for the enthusiast them cover the very foundation we are creating, we have more to go, more to work with and put together. thank you for locating this wonderful conference here. [applause] >> thank you so much, and congratulations mayor lee. we have an award to give you. i have to get my apologies to joe and mike. in the excitement of mayor lee and the award, wanted to ask two important partners to make some remarks. joe is with autodesk, the most
important design companies that are leading the charge in bringing designed to cleantech, an important partner bringing investment and incredibly important software to cleantech. a couple words from you. >> thank you. how about a hand of applause for our great mayor ed lee again? [applause] thank you for standing in the rain and braving the weather to be with us today. it is a great event. i want to thank you for selling bringing it with us today. also to recognize all the great work being done by our mirror for his strong support of the double-byte our mayor for his strong support of the clean tech industry. rain or shine, this is a beautiful city. i think you all have to agree. i am is our you're standing under umbrellas. first, i would like to thank the cleantech forum for the opportunity and the privileged to share the stage here with the
honorable mayor lee because many of you know, autodesk is a leader in 3d design, engineering entertainment software. our customers use our software to design, visualize, and simulate the ideas before they are ever built are created. autodesk is also a very strong supporter of the innovation and the environmental advancement of clean technology pioneers. we provide them with world-class software so that these companies can help stimulate their ideas for the digital models and further tests. we have several cleantech partners with us here today you are participating in the ecocity. they include pine nobility, electron volt, springboard, by a diesel, and green light motors. our program supports clean tech companies worldwide throughout
europe, north america, japan, and singapore. today, almost 50% of those companies are located in california, and over 50% of those companies are located right here in the san francisco bay area. it is clean tech innovators like these two are going to solve our greatest problems and who are going to great innovations that we're going to need to solve our most complex environmental challenges. so we are deeply grateful to the great city of san francisco, and under the leadership of mayor lee, we're delivering the platform for the company's that thrive and also to continue with their innovation. so it is with a tremendous source of pride, not only personally but also on behalf of the 600 employees who work in san francisco and who call this great city their home, that i want to thank you, mayor lee, and also want to co-presented to
you the cleantech award here in san francisco. [applause] >> mike, please come on up. >> thank you very much. i am the director of the gulf electrification infrastructure at ford. first of all, thank you for having us. thank you, mayor lee, as well. >> thank you for your support. >> this a few brief words. first and foremost, the 35 miles or so, i know my goal is to make at 100 miles in terms of electric. hopefully that will be your next project. >> ford is available, right? exactly, there are drives available in the focus elector brighter their pickup we're happy to be here in the city of san francisco. happy for the award you are receiving today. the theme of today is global -- empower global partnerships. that especially rings true for
ford. because we believe that partnerships are our way of getting the electrification and vehicle electrification to be successful. just a couple of examples. you may have heard of a company that is our partner for public infrastructure but in fact, many of our customers and cities receive free charging stations through the program we have with that partner. in fact, the units that are in front of city san francisco, in front of city hall, are actually those units. the second partnership by wanted to mention is one i will be talking more about tomorrow. it is with sun power. this is a really need a partnership. not only can you drive 100% on electricity with our focus electric, but for a reasonable amount of money, you can actually put solar on your roof that has been sized for that big goal and can provide you with essentially frequent electricity
for the next 25 years. essentially that is the warranty on the system. we're happy with the partnership. we think that the blend of sun power and solar and focus electorate can be a powerful combination. we have also partnered with other companies as well. and these companies are not just companies. their electric utilities, municipalities, and they are ngo's as well, including cities like san francisco. i wanted to personally take this moment to applaud the city of san francisco for leading the way in electrification under mayor lee's leadership. and really, the last example i want to share is whenever i travel around the country, i use examples that i get from the city of san francisco as some of the ways they want to understand how they can become electrify -- what do they do? how do they do it? i use many examples from this great city. i wanted to applaud you again for that. we do have the focus electric.
if you do have extensive empty water bottles, we take them over there. with a partnership, we recycle those. and the cloth seats in the focus electric are made out of that material. if you get a chance, come over and see that. and we had our gatecrashers -- we have our mobile app. thank you. [applause] >> we do have an award. congratulations, mayor lee and the city of san francisco. [applause] >> san francisco recreation and
parks department for hosting us here today. i am the president and ceo of recology. we're here to celebrate another environmental success for the city of san francisco. in 1996, we began taking food waste and trying to figure out what to do with it and realized we could composted. we begin a collection program on a pilot basis in 1997, but by about 2006 or so that program was then offered to every resident, every business in the city. we are now taking about 600 tons a day of organic matter and turning it into compost. it is a program that everyone in the city has participated in. if you have never put anything in a green bin. every restaurant, business, resident, and school all have participated. we met at their restaurant at fisherman's wharf last november
to acknowledge that we had collected 1 million tons of organic matter that could be composted, and now today we have returned the product of that 1 million tons here to how many farms that can be used to provide nutrients to the soil here, to russia -- to promote organic farming, promote sustainable agriculture, and to teach people in this community how we can produce high-quality foods from material that we all throw away. we are proud to have that success today. we're going to have a thank you event for the citizens of san francisco on saturday at this and three other locations. it is a bring your own bucket event. everybody who comes with their own bucket is going to be a big of, for free, 5 gallons of compost that has come from material that we generate, organic material we generate
here in san francisco. we're looking forward to that event. i do want to acknowledge some of our supporters and partners on this program better here today. the director of public works. a member from supervisor campo'' office. the executive chef and purchaser for the restaurant. scott with a good laugh groceries. -- good life groceries. one of our customers for this compost from a vineyard. the zero waste manager for the state of san francisco. and jason," manager here of the farm. last but most of parliament, -- most important, mayor lee, mayor of the greenest city. cuyahoga [applause] >> thank you. i cannot imagine a better way to
celebrate the 1 million ton of compost in the city that has been collected by our official waste management company recology and celebrate that with a giveaway of this very rich soil that can be used and some many community gardens, people's private patches, farms like this that jason has been stored in with us -- this is a beautiful farm, by the way. congratulations. mohamed and i have been out here for years when running public works. you know, sometimes we referred to it is in the less than a real farme. for some years that had been neglected, kind of a dumping area. weeds were growing up. thanks to jason and so many volunteers and to the collaboration he has had with residents of our public housing just next door, they have really gotten a great culture going. certainly with the collaboration
with our recreation at the park department which actually owns the land here. they have been a great supporter of this revitalization of a very precious farm in this area of the city. i know supervisor campos and sheila are very appreciative of this because it has not only been taken care of well, it has been used appropriately to educate people and to give them a vision of what a beautiful gardens are, but growing fresh crops and vegetables could be like, and how that can be replicated with the hundreds of community gardens we have in this city. this keeps piling up with rec and a park, the department of environment, of people that want to continue this great effort of the city to build more parks, more planting areas, more urban farms. as we have encouraged -- i know supervisor david chiu and eric mar join me last year in the
urban agriculture ordinance to allow less bureaucracy in the creation of community gardens and farms throughout the whole city and utilizing empty space that would go with it and then at neutralizing, offering them a very rich soil to really create good farmland. and then dpw came and started their collaboration with the department of environment, really allowing private property owners who had orchards in their backyards, fruit trees, vegetable gardens to actually, if they were not using and, to be able to donate it to food shelters and other areas where people could have access to fresh fruits and vegetables. we're doing all the right things. and there is a reason why we have someone named robert haley as the zero based manager. we made a commitment a while back, one i personally embraced,
and that is why i want to keep robert close to me all the time. we're 78% there, but that is not good enough. right? not good enough for the department of environment, not good enough for recology, not good enough for jason and his crew, not good enough for the supervisors, and not good enough for the mayor. we want a city that all the diversity in the country, if not the world, to go to 100% recycled, 100% no waste. and we're not going to waste time in getting to that goal. because it is a goal that i think generations, my kids, generations after us will always ask me -- when you were mayor, what did you really do to help our environment? how did you reduce those emissions? when we know that we're taking compost and we're taking it out of the landfill, significantly reducing the is very harmful emissions that end up being called nothing, that is your
harmful to our at missile. when we can reduce that from our landfills, when we can really recycle as much as we can, going to 100%. reducing even further our use for landfills at all in this city, we will have done generations for our kids to come a great, great service, a great vision of what san francisco will have done while we were at the storage shed here. so i will be dependent upon everybody behind me to work even harder these next few years, to really get those programs out there and collaborate with all of our communities, with public housing residents, with every neighborhood, with our stores, our restaurants, and our local residents here to all join in on this great effort. because the result of it is the greater city and a more caring city, a city that is going to be not just greener, but it will be one that will be healthier for
everybody. and that is the attraction of san francisco. people all over the world come to san francisco not only for its innovations but for its reflection of care it has with the environment. that is what distinguishes our city from some many others. so happy to have a lively department of the environment that works with everybody to make sure we are reaching out to all of the different cultures that come here and establish themselves here. there is no cultural barrier when it comes to caring for our environment and caring for the world. we have to have the same language, the same attitude that we care about all of our communities, and we have to get everybody involved. no matter what economic scale their act, no one should be left out of this great goal that we have for the city, to be a city for everybody. and fresh fruits and vegetables are health in terms of our own bodies and our communities and in terms of the health in this of our city. it needs to be reflected in
everything we do. so the greatest restaurants that we have here and the greatest food servers that we have here are going to be a part of this as well, because they know that with the richness of the compost that we have, that they are giving back with their food scraps, that contributes to the richness of the soil. to have more people use that, as they will. as my wife well. she has been asking me, mike -- when are those three days of picking up compost going to happen again? i of the come post by giving it away for free at four locations this saturday, one right here in the heart of here, but we spread it out to the rest of the part of the city, have great locations and we have here i'm sure a document here and a website as to where the other locations are. happy million tons, mike, but also a great thanks to everybody for doing a wonderful
job and working with us, great stewardship here, again jason and congratulations to everybody in joining this collaborative effort, thank you very much. [applause] >> good morning, everybody. my name is sheila chun hagen. i'm here representing supervisor david campos who represents district nine. supervisor campos loves come post. it's great to be here at allegheny farm which is in district nine. it reminds me of a garage sale where you quickly find out that one person's trash is another person's treasure. here we are finding that all of our collective come post here in san francisco becomes a treasure for the entire community. we can be at a place that grows
nutritious food and teaches the importance of growing food, of camposing and being good stewards of the environment. i want to thank all of the san francisco residents for the awareness and willingness to take action to make this change take place here in san francisco and for us to be able to sell britain so much success in the environmental realm. but it's important for us to also remember that we need to continue to do this education and re-education as we have new people coming into san francisco as our residents, as we have friends and neighbors from other cities coming to our dinner tables and trying to figure out where do they put away their food scraps, that we can serve as a model for the rest of the country in setting the standard for being good stewards of the environment. so thank you very much and congratulations to everybody. [applause] >> good morning. i'm really proud to be here and
i think we can all be proud of what san francisco has accomplished with respect to zero waste. 11 tons is really an enormous milestone. it's only because. hard work and support of a lot of people like mayor ed lee over all of the years likes mike and all the employee owners at recology. like the department of environment staff and the like the people behind me and really all of the residents and people who work in san francisco who are recycling and com posting every day, that's how it really happens. i do want to go a little further to say we can do more. san francisco has a goal of zero waste by 2020. we're a good part of the way there. but we're still landfilling over 400,000 tons a year, so a lot of material is still going to the land phil. when you put material in your black trash bin, it goes straight to the land phil. so it's really important to put all of your recyclables, your
paper, bottles, cans, hard places into the blue recycling bins. it's really important to put all of your compostable places, your trimmings, food scraps, and different kinds of paper that is hard to recycle, wet paper, soiled paper, paper that is coated with something, tissue paper, put that in why your green carts. if we do that together, we can comply with the mandatory ordinance and get closer to zero waste in the future. thanks, everybody, we really appreciate all of your efforts. i would like to introduce jason, one of the co-managers of the farm here. [applause] >> howdy, everybody, and welcome, first of all, i'm glad to see a number of familiar faces like mayor lee out here and all of the team from recology. if you haven't been out here, welcome and we hope you come
back soon. when visitors come to the farm, one of the things i tell them, we're not growing plants, we're going soil. that's the number one thing we're doing here, building soil. if we have healthy soil, we'll have healthy plants and then healthy people. it's as simple as that. our main task as an organic garden is to be guarding soil health and to be stewards of this little epidrmis of the earth that sustainsous. we can do this because we take such good care of our soil. we build our own soil onsite from manure we get from a nearby horse stable in daly city and the green waste from the garden. we top it off, icing on the cake with the great stuff we get from recolog which is fantastic and a nice compost that helps you grow a lot of food. it's insane to have a major city like a chicago or a new
york, not to point fingers, every day would have thousands of tons of food that they're just going to toss out and they're going to take something that is a real resource and just treat is like rubbish. it's just going to get lost in the land phil or even worse, it's going to become methane which is a potent greenhouse gas. here in san francisco, we do think smarter. we are taking that and turning it back around. re-colog makes high-grade compost and it's sold to the wineries in california. when i go home at the end of the day and make dinner, mostly from stuff i grew myself, i like to have a glass of wine or two with dinner. i try to make sure that does come from a sustainable organic winery here in northern california because i know that then what we put in the green bins is somehow coming back to my table and that the scraps from our table eventually are getting recycled back and made into food or at least back into
wine. so i'm really excited that the city has reached this goal that we have done. thanks to the work to recolog and department of environment, with that, do you want to look around, mr. mayor? do we have a time for a short tour? all right. >> i tried to think about this room as the dream room, where we dream and bring some of those dreams to life. i feel very blessed that i have been able to spend the last 31 years of my life doing it my way, thinking about things better interesting to me, and then pursuing them. there are a lot of different artists that come here to work, mostly doing aerial work.
kindred spirits, so to speak. there is a circus company that i have been fortunate enough to work with the last couple of years. i use elements of dance and choreography and combine that with theater techniques. a lot of the work is content- based, has a strong narrative. the dancers have more of a theatrical feel. i think we are best known for our specific work. in the last 15 years, spending a lot of time focusing on issues that affect us and are related to the african-american experience, here in the united states. i had heard of marcus shelby and had been in join his work but never had the opportunity to meet him.
we were brought together by the equal justice society specifically for this project. we were charged with beginning work. marquez and i spent a lot of time addressing our own position on the death penalty, our experiences with people who had been incarcerated, family members, friends of friends. pulling our information. beyond that, we did our own research. to create a picture that resonated with humanity. it is the shape of a house. in this context, it is also small and acts like a cell. i thought that was an interesting play on how these people make these adjustments,
half to create home. what is home for these people? the home is their cell. people talk a lot about noise -- very noisy in prisons. that is interesting to me. looking at the communication level, the rise of frustration of being caged, wondering, where does redemption fit into the equation here? [singing] i think both of us really believe the death penalty is wrong, and is flawed for many reasons.
the list is as long as my arm -- about several others. we feel this is important for both of us, personally, to participate in the debate of this issue in a way that we can help people frame it for a conversation. conversation. [horns honking] announcer: the first step to getting into college is finding someone who can help. for the next steps, go to knowhow2.org.